2010 May Floods - 05/01/14

Walking through the FOX 17 newsroom just now, I was reminded that today marks the 4-year anniversary of the start of that terrible stretch of days back in 2010 when the rain seemed to never stop.

Flooding, as a result, took lives and changed lives.  It was an unbelievable time in Nashville and surrounding cities.

The picture you see to the right was taken when the sunshine finally peeked through the cloudy sky again, and the waters receded.  Many of my colleagues and I were relieved to finally get back to normal.

FOX 17 is located adjacent to the Cumberland River, and we were forced to evacuate our station during the May floods.  The second picture attached to this blog shows you what our parking lot looked like then.

Putting together newscasts was tricky during this time.  When we were allowed back to work, it was only for a few hours each day.  Just long enough to produce a 9:00 newscast.

I won't ever forget what it was like in May of 2010, and I don't think I'll ever work faster!

 

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